Citronellol is a pale liquid which sometimes has a slightly yellow tint. Citronellol has a distinctive aroma reminiscent of citrus fruits, rose, and various floral scents. It is found naturally in citronella, eucalyptus, catnip, citrus fruits, basil, lavender, black pepper, fennel, lemon, rose geranium, chamomile, and sandalwood.
Citronellol-containing-substances are versatile and can be used topically when diluted with a carrier oil, in aromatherapy and perfumes, in candles, and even as a food flavouring.
Citronellol oil is a popular addition to many people’s hair care regimens by making the hair less greasy. At the same time, it helps soothe and nourish the scalp, reducing itchiness. In perfumes, citronellol functions as a fragrance enhancer since it has the ability to enhance the aromas of floral types, especially rose. In the skin care industry, citronellol is prominently used as a fragrance ingredient for cosmetics and personal care products. As well as being used to repel some bugs it can be used as an attractant for others, such as spider mites, which are common sap-feeding plant pests.
Colourless to pale yellow liquid
Fresh, floral, powerful long lasting rosy odour
DL-Citronellol, 3,7-Dimethyloct-6-en-1-ol, 2,3-Dihydrogeraniol
0.850-0.860 @ 25°C
1.450-1.460 @ 20°C
Soluble in ethanol and fixed oils